Hi my name is Karen and I’m currently a stay at home homemaker who’s into fabric dyeing, tie dye, quilting, reading, other crafts etc, etc. I was a grocery cashier for seventeen years before going back to college taking a three year computer science technology program.

I live in Whitby, Ontario, Canada in  your typical four bedroom two story box that is redeemed by being situated on a ravine lot. I enjoy gardening but my back doesn’t so I don’t do as much as I should but I enjoy looking out over the creek at the birdies and what not.

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  1. Ah ha! I found you! The commenting Canadian! Aloha! It’s nice that I’ve found your own little spot on the net!

  2. Interesting I didn’t realise one could reply to a bio. Glad you found me scroll down to see some tie dye and what not if you’re interested 🙂


  3. Another Canadian—YAY!!!!

  4. hiya. do you make shirts for sale? I love your vee designs and would like to have one. I had one back in the day that your skill could reproduce. PLMK.

  5. Dear Karen–
    Thank you for the tip about Arm n Hammer Washing Soda not quite being what it’s cracked up to be. I’ll stop at a pool place tomorrow and try to get the pH Up (or something similar). We’ve still got snow, though it’s melting fast here. I’m hoping to get 1 more snow dyeing session in this season!

  6. Thanks for your VERY nice comment on the Artisan Challenge. My fingers are crossed 🙂

  7. Hi Karen
    just found your blog and i is fabulous! withou sounding stupid what is the ‘snow’ you put on the dye? I have not heard of this before, is it a Canadian product or universal?

    Many thanks in advance

  8. beautiful place where you live too :O)

  9. some friends of mine live in Trenton in Ontario, though we lost ouch over the years. Their son would bring us lots of pictures back from Ontario and once he said a tornado came through but that was some years ago,

  10. Hi Sally thanks Ontario is a beautiful spot. Southern Ontario where I live reminds me very much of England when I drove up through the middle part from Oxford to Scotland.

    My daughter lived in Trenton for about a year, small world isn’t it?

    The snow is just regular snow that falls on the ground in the winter from the sky. In snow-dyeing you put the snow on top of the material and then squirt the dye on top of the snow. The snow then acts as a type of resist blocking the dye from reaching the material at first but once it melts it allows the dye to reach the fabric.

    The neat thing about snow dyeing is that the snow melts at different rates depending on how grandular it is and on how much dye you squirt in one area so it creates really neat patterns.

    If you haven’t already seen it click on the snow-dyeing tutorial at the side of my daily blog page and it’ll give you an idea of what I’m talking about. People who don’t have any snow fall in their country sometimes use ice or a snow-cone machine to make snow.

  11. nyc site it iz…………..

  12. your creations amazing Karen!

  13. Hiya!

    I’m about an hour and a half east down the 401 from you!

    I was admiring your mandala tie dye… the one that looks like evergreen trees around it. I’d love to try my hand at it. You got the instructions from a tie dye dvd? You mentioned two… exactly which one shows how to make that one? “Trees” are a passion with me! I’ve only done a basic tie dye or two in my lifetime, but now that one… really excites me!

    Can you email me?


  14. Great blog – thanks for all the inspiration!

  15. I was born in Ontario … now living in Australia! My hubby and kids are Tasmanian, and I’ve been here a long time now … =D

  16. Hi Karen,
    I love your blog – thanks for sharing your beautiful creations in so generous a way.
    I have tried to find the “fast-food shibori” dyeing technique you referred to (a few years back..) but the Lunns have moved on to bigger and better things and I can’t find the video link anywhere… If you can sum it up or point me in the right direction I would be so grateful.

    • Hi Kate,
      Basically the idea is to take a piece of fabric, I used a 1-yard piece, and roll it around the piece of pipe starting with the corner end.

      Once you’ve got the fabric wrapped around the pole you then scrunch it together sliding both ends towards each other as tightly as you can. I used a couple of pieces of sinew to hold it in place at either end to keep the compression tight. You want the creases fairly tight so you get some resistance in the fabric so the dye doesn’t get sucked into the folds. I’d recommend wetting the fabric before applying the dye. Water will act as a resist somewhat whereas dry cloth sucks the dye right into the fabric.

      The creases aren’t as regular as those you’d get doing the string method but it’s way faster for sure. I guess it depends on what type of look you’re going for. I used the same method for a vertical piece of cloth but I seamed the fabric at either end first to get a tight fit and then scrunched the ends. I used the fabric on my son’s frat suit here: https://bunks.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/back-to-school-and-the-redsuit/

      A good book on pole shibori using the string method is Karren Brito’s book “Shibori”.

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